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Ryan Mario Yasin
Ryan Mario Yasin

This Clothing Line Is Designed to Stretch With Kids as They Grow

Ryan Mario Yasin
Ryan Mario Yasin

A toddler’s favorite outfit won’t stay his favorite for long. After a few wears and an ill-timed growth spurt, those cute garments need to be swapped for clothing that’s slightly bigger and just as expensive. As Dezeen reports, Royal College of Art graduate Ryan Mario Yasin has designed a practical alternative.

Items in Yasin’s Petit Pli clothing line are built to grow at the same rate as their young wearers. In their initial form, the pleated shirts and pants are small enough to fit a 4-month-old child. As kids get bigger the material can be unfolded, ultimately expanding to the size of a wearer who’s 2-and-a-half years old.

Child wearing stretchable clothing.
Ryan Mario Yasin

Yasin was inspired to develop the concept after ordering clothes for his nephew that were too small by the time they arrived. When searching for a solution to this problem, he tapped into his background in aeronautical engineering. Petit Pli uses a similar design to the collapsible structures made for the outsides of small satellites. The material also has a space-age feel: It’s windproof, waterproof, and breathable, which means it should survive a few years of toddler wear-and-tear.

Petit Pli is currently in the fundraising stage. After he’s attracted the attention of investors, Yasin plans to start manufacturing the product in the UK. You can elect to receive updates through the clothing line's website.

[h/t Dezeen]

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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style
Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park
Dan Bell

Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

A close-up of a map for Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park in central England
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Lake District National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Lake District National Park in England
Dan Bell

You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

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The North Face's New Geodesic Dome Tent Will Protect You in 60 mph Wind
The North Face
The North Face

You can find camping tents designed for easy set-up, large crowds, and sustainability, but when it comes to strength, there’s only so much abuse a foldable structure can take. Now, The North Face is pushing the limits of tent durability with a reimagined design. According to inhabitat, the Geodome 4 relies on its distinctive geodesic shape to survive wind gusts approaching hurricane strength.

Instead of the classic arching tent structure, the Geodome balloons outward like a globe. It owes its unique design to the five main poles and one equator pole that hold it in place. Packed up, the gear weighs just over 24 pounds, making it a practical option for car campers and four-season adventurers. When it’s erected, campers have floor space measuring roughly 7 feet by 7.5 feet, enough to sleep four people, and 6 feet and 9 inches of space from ground to ceiling if they want to stand. Hooks attached to the top create a system for gear storage.

While it works in mild conditions, the tent should really appeal to campers who like to trek through harsher weather. Geodesic domes are formed from interlocking triangles. A triangle’s fixed angles make it one of the strongest shapes in engineering, and when used in domes, triangles lend this strength to the overall structure. In the case of the tent, this means that the dome will maintain its form in winds reaching speeds of 60 mph. Meanwhile, the double-layered, water-resistant exterior keeps campers dry as they wait out the storm.

The Geodome 4 is set to sell for $1635 when it goes on sale in Japan this March. In the meantime, outdoorsy types in the U.S. will just have to wait until the innovative product expands to international markets.

[h/t inhabitat]

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